Cafe Modern
Cafe Modern
  • Address:
    3200 Darnell Street
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Neighborhood:
    Fort Worth Cultural District & TCU
  • Cuisine:
    Fusion / Eclectic
    Price: $30 and under

Cafe Modern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecafemodern.com/
  • Phone: 8178402157x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Friday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner Tuesday During Lecture season 'till November19th. : 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Dena Peterson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: With its stunning location in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and its serene, reflecting-pond backdrop, The Modern can host an impressive corporate event or the wedding reception of your dreams. From start to finish, our team of planning professionals will handle every detail of your event. Our staff will prepare your food with the same care and attention they provide our individual café customers, and will make sure your special event is nothing less than a masterpiece.

    For more information, rental costs, availability and menu selections, contact Café Modern.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Modern
Café Modern chefs blend seasonal, local ingredients inspired by culinary traditions from around the globe. Their artfully crafted cuisine is served against the backdrop of Tadao Ando’s world renowned building in the celebrated Fort Worth Cultural District. Whether enjoying a weekday lunch, Friday night dinner or a relaxed weekend brunch, our genuine hospitality will ensure a memorable dining experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Cafe Modern reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (83)great for brunch (70)great for lunch (68)fit for foodies (52)special occasion (52)neighborhood gem (31)romantic (31)great for outdoor dining (27)good for groups (15)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (6)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a Sunday birthday brunch with 6 people. We had to call in the morning and change the reservation time and number of guests, but no problem. Service was good, food was great. Cool place for special occasions, the Modern is just a beautiful building, a very special place in Fort Worth.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Bruncj
    Talefeather
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our reservation was for 10:30a.m., we were seated promptly and greeted by a pleasant server. Coffee was perfect, mimosa delicious and the food was not enormous in portion (a plus in my book). I ordered the Scottish French toast, my husband ordered an omelette with smoked chicken and pepper jack cheese. Both dishes were visually appealing and we're well executed. The overall ambience was quiet and serene, overlooking the shallow pond feature behind the museum. We will be going back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful date night
    FWfun
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dinner at the Modern on a Friday evening followed by a film at Magnolia at the Modern. Perfect evening. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect pretheater venue
    Divefan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    An ever changing menu with great fresh food. Ask about the free mimosas/bloody marys on the weekend when you show your ticket stubs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Menu
    Aledo99
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The restaurant is very peaceful in a beautiful setting. There are many tables by the expansive windows overlooking the water and small park. And the creative menu is constantly changing to include local produce, cheeses, and meats. We have never had a dish that we did not like, and most are exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The service and food couldn't be better. I had to speak to the manager to comment on the high quallity of his staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Exceptional
    DiscerningDiner1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love the seasonal menu, unique and delectable offerings, and the great space. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Mule
    dininfine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great Mule cocktail! They could have noted that I was there, since I had a reservation and told them I was there. But I got an email saying I had not shown up. Otherwise, we had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood & beautiful view
    Seafoodlover
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The swordfish and mussels were wonderful. Veggie sandwich... not so much. Very nice ambiance. A bit pricey for s lunch. I asked for a special request (dessert) for birthday, but never received anything. The waitress was not very attentive ...didn't even clear our plates before receiving entree. But overall was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fantastic!!
    DiscerningDiner1
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    That says it all! This is a great restaurant with consistently excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Perfect place for a business lunch, Sunday brunch, or Friday night date. You can't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Safo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent food with nice vista of the reflecting pool of the Modern Art Museum. And quiet too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better for Lunch than Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The small portions of food were acceptable but not worthy of five star prices, as $35 for a little garnished fish filet and $20 for a decent shot of single malt (about twice that much for top shelf) is a bit excessive for a "café"; however the wait person was extremely attentive and personable. I would probably go back for lunch but would recommend Del Frisco's for the same money (or less) when looking for a nice dinner out with the spouse and an ambiance that doesn't include being surrounded by people in shorts and flip flops.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not inspired
    lepe
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Modern is a gorgeous, wowing museum. The cafe doesn't quite match up. Menu is uninspired. No vegetarian options as even the guacamole has bacon in it. Drinks not well made. The food appeared to have been sitting out for a while (really dried out roast chicken). The main seasoning appeared to be salt. Even the dessert menu was same old, same old. Don't worry though, you'll pay so much for the meal that you'll think you've had a one of a kind, gourmet dining experience. I would be willing to go back for brunch. It's supposed to be great. The museum itself is one of the best structures and collections I've ever visited.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was Blown Away
    BlakeRealtorDFW
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was fantastic, creative, and simply delicious. The most unique entree, Watermelon and Shrimp salad. Presentation matched the beautiful modern artwork we had just seen in the Museum. The cucumber/dill soup is excellent. My compliments to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch with house guests
    favoriteFWvisit
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have eaten at this restaurant many times. The ambiance is great. The menu is very interesting and well thought out. The food is good, but not always quite up to the menu. The service is attentive and friendly. It is a charming place to have lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice experience
    pickyeater
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    views are calm and scenic. Food was overall good. My black cherry pork was tender and good, vegetables over cooked and over seasoned. The shaking beef was too salty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Brunch
    TexanVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Cafe Modern delivers on gourmet brunch fare and unique setting. Chosen for our mom's 93rd birthday, our variety of Egg Benedict dishes were all excellent. Other members of the family complimented the Peach French Toast as well. The architectural setting and view are superb, but may contribute to a higher than normal noise level. For some, Cafe Modern's menu may appear limited, but rest assured what is offered is done with perfection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's always good!
    nmcn26
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Be sure to book a table because it's a small restaurant that fills up fast. Local, seasonal menu with great choices. Ordered fried green tomatoes and the BLT, both were delicious. My date had the grilled cheese which was also good. The wait staff is friendly and attwntive; service is fast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu NOT as restaurant online post
    dinewell
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We dined at Cafe Modern,a year ago in conjunction with First Friday and were VERY pleased with Ambiance,Service and Menu Selection.Expecting an experience comparable,we were disappointed.I visited the menu on the Open Table site and found selections,including steak,along with upscale choices,that would please our party The menu presented did not come anywhere close to the Cafe Modern post.There was NO steak,as a fallback selection.After discussion,including departing to another restaurant,we ordered,but clearly,2 of 4 in our party were not happy!Score: W1..L1 New Chef??New management?Summer Menu? SOMETHING has changed!We/I will not give up based on this one experience. The above recommendation for YES to a friend would come with caution.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were superb
    Pickycustomer
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food and service were impeccable. The waiter was very friendly and very attentive all through the meal. The fish, tenderloin and watermelon salad were just great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food and Setting
    Artrat
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Sunday brunch at Cafe Modern is always a treat. The food is good, although I was a little disappointed with the Muffelata that is a new item on the menu - first and only time I have ever been anything but totally pleased! The setting is first rate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent ambiance mediocre food
    rbc14wec
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a party of six for lunch at the Modern before heading over to the Kimball to see the Samurai exhibit. While not a terrible experience it was much less good than in the past. Service was a bit spotty and the food was mediocre with 5 of the people not really liking it. The Wagyu beef burger was the star but 3 Moroccan chicken salads were well below par with the salad being very uninteresting. Two ordered BLTs (though the first person who ordered was given a chicken salad but that was corrected) and the tomato is more a sauce than actual slices which neither liked. It wasn't that it was a terrible experience but it was certainly the worst experience out of the half a dozen times my wife and I have dined there and brought friends.
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  • love it
    CCCC
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    great. wish they would bring back cheese tray. Love the food, drinks and staff are great. Thank
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cafe Modern
    Sharp1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The Cafe Modern was a great dining experience and we were very pleased with the service and the menu! The food was very good and the service was excellent!! We were also pleased that a children's menu was provided and made dining with a child easier!! We had a great time, the only downside was that it was somewhat noisy!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy
    farmgirl
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    While my experience with Cafe Modern has always been good, I have to say the noise level was extremely high this visit. It was distracting and hard to concentrate on my conversation with my dining partner until the crowd thinned out. I wish something could be done to tone it down. And in the checkboxes above, there should be an option for "noisy." "Energetic" isn't the right word for my experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hen59
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food ranges from very good to excellent. Ambiance is terrific. Service is consistently first-rate. Good choice for special occasions (Mother's Day; Father's Day, etc.) Can be noisy when crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Come here regularly throughout the year, usually for brunch. Came for Father's Day. They had a special menu for Father's Day. Kid's Menu too. Service and food were fantastic as usual
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great spot for special occasions or to show off the Ft. Worth art scene to out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch on Father's Day
    TexAlts
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The brunch menu was varied and interesting--something for everyone. The Manly Quiche was savory and delicious in a puff pastry shell. The Eggs Benedict was also a hit. We will return soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem in the Modern Museum
    Sundaygourmet
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Overlooking a small, man made lake, the restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating. Menu is diverse. Something for everyone, while deliciously different. Service was immediate and food delivered quickly. Look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful Sunday brunch/lunch
    FWdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great setting looking out on the water and grounds of the museum. The food was outstanding (piggie in a blanket and spinach artichoke grilled cheese). A nice experience, and lots more things on the menu we will try on future visits.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bucs
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The chef keeps a tight handle on ALWAYS presenting GREAT food. We have been going there since it opened at the current location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience.
    nochainsforme
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Absolutely lovely evening from start to finish. Love the museum venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • David
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A great Friday evening pre-show dinner. Food was great. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    HHIFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    What a wonderful surprise to find a beautiful lunch spot inside the Fort Worth Modern museum of Art. Not only was the food delicious and the service impeccable but the water view is an added bonus. My sister in law and I both had the copper river salmon special which was very tasty but then we just sat and talked for a few hours because neither one of us wanted to leave our beautiful surroundings. Can't believe my daughter has been in school at TCU all this time and I never knew about this neighborhood gem !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely place for brunch
    TXmuseumlover
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch with a view of the man-made museum lake outside the dining area. The ambiance, service and food were all outstanding. It did get a little bit noisy just before we left as the place filled up. I would definitely recommend this cafe to anyone. The museum collection is just a few steps from the cafe, so we were able to walk off some calories after brunch. The first Saturday of the month is free at the museum, and we were able to take advantage of that perk.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Place for Brunch
    vox75
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We always enjoy ourselves here. Nice menu, good food, and open-air feel with all the windows.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good not great
    Kcjimj
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Nice for brunch. Menu is small but interesting, could benefit from a bit bigger selections. Eg the only omelette was with sautéed spinach, not everyone's breakfast favorite. First Sunday is free admission at the museum, so drop by for brunch and a walk through the modern art museum.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite decompression spot
    hudsonsfolks
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Food and service are always excellent. Rotating menu provides fresh innovations regularly so food choices don't get stale. Ambience is so peaceful and relaxing that I can't think of a better place to decompress. The barman keeps coming up with fresh cocktail ideas if you like to experiment but the classics are always available. Nice wine list with multiple choices by the glass. All in all, one of our favorite retaurants in Fort Worth.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Modern" dining
    DulleNotedVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This cafe in the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum is pretty spectacular. We've eaten in many museum cafes across the US and Europe, and would rate this among the best. The food is always interesting and well prepared, along with being beautifully presented. Chef Dina uses fresh, seasonal ingredients, sourced locally when possible. We're so lucky to live near the Museum and be able to eat there often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.